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September 11, 2022


Brilliant, saucy, sweet and funny. Thank you for exposing the mother's fears and desires, which we can all recognize. Love and poetry. Indran

This poem made me want to meet her mom (provided it is about her mom, and not someone she made up.) Either way, I'll check out her work and books.

I love Sommer Browning's Mother

"My mother pays my sister and me $40 each to not have birthday parties."

Terrific wide-ranging poem--I don't know if Sommer Browning had it in mind, but there's a wonderful echo of Breton's "L'Union Libre" here ("Free Union" translated by David Antin).

Thanks, Mom! (Thanks Sommer & Terence!)

Honest, open, surprising, real. Thank you for your poem, grateful for its life-force.

I love this poem and the two women. Wow. Made my day.

what Skelley said

I love this poem.

That's a very good one! I do fervently hope she'll submit to my magazine, Glimpse.

Sommer Browning has a mouth on her...for which I'm grateful. Now I must think of her as a descendant of an Elizabeth & Robert lovechild.

Superb poem--thanks, Terence, for this one!

Howard: Thanks for the comment.

An engaging list— full of spirit, spunk and spark. Illuminates a special bond. May we all share some of the universitality in this vivid portrait.

Perhaps President Joe Biden also has hopes for great things from the Department of Transportation, having appointed so skilled and accomplished a person as Pete Buttigieg to be Secretary of that Department. Whether real or imaginary, our brilliant author's mother is pretty savvy and deserving of our attention.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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